Sunday, June 05, 2011

Justa Gunkholing

Gunkholing is a boating term referring to a type of cruising in shallow or shoal water, meandering from place to place, spending the nights in coves. The term refers to the gunk, or mud, typical of the creeks, coves, marshes, sloughs, and rivers that are referred to as gunkholes. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)  Well, I spent the day driving Miss Judy while meandering from place to place, therefore we went Gunkholing yesterday.

As we were departing the campground the ducks were swimming around the pond.  Here is a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard as well as Mrs. Duck with her Ducklings.


Then, as we were passing through Biddeford we noticed that Alex had gone into business while we/ve been here in Maine.  He started his own pizza palace – now that’s gotta be just the katt’s meow!!


Our first destination was in search of Wood Island Light, south of Biddeford, which marks the entrance to the Saco River.

Wood Island Light

While we were there, we noticed a little island with several houses on it.  At low tide you can drive a four wheeler across on a sand bar to the island.  There are seven good sized residences on the island, talk about peace and quiet.

Don't know the name of the island.

Next we headed for Goat Island Light which is east of Kennebunkport and south of Cape Porpoise.  We drove out to the Pier 77 Restaurant which is at the end of the east point.  Even though we couldn’t see the lighthouse, we did find an area where the slightly better off people live.




We returned back to the village and drove down the west side of the Cape where we were rewarded for our effort.


Next we embarked on a third lighthouse search.  This time we were looking for Cape Neddick Lighthouse.  On our way, we passed through Lower Village Kennebunk and then through Kennebunkport, but we didn’t see any Bushes.


Cape Neddick Lighthouse is located on Nubble Island (thereby also known as Nubble Light) which is just off Cape Neddick Point which is part of the Village of York Beach.  The lighthouse was built in 1879 and although it is inaccessible to the general public, it is highly visible from Sohier Park – a great photo op.


Needless to say, York Beach is made up of some more expensive homes as well as the beautiful views of the Maine coastline.  Man, I wish I had been born a little richer and not quite so handsome!!!



Our final destination for the day was the Kittery Trading Post.  Even though I grew up in Maine and we lived here for ten years during the late eighties and nineties, we had never visited the Kittery Trading Post.  It is a junior L. L. Bean’s and, in our estimation, is not a “must see”, however, we enjoyed our day of Gunkholing.



On our way home, we stopped by the local fish market for a pound of fresh haddock.  That and a garden salad made up our dinner – now how nice is that for an ending to a day of outings?

Take Care Until Next Time.

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